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For Immediate Release
January 7
, 2014

For more information
Contact: Alice Duckworth, ACM Collections Manager
(602) 926-3620
Contact: Michael Zolno, ARIPEX 2014
(602) 795-6192

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Arizona Capitol Museum Collaborates with ARIPEX 2014
100th Anniversary of the Laying of the Keel of the U.S.S. Arizona

PHOENIX - The Arizona Capitol Museum is honored to collaborate with ARIPEX 2014, an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately (WSP) Show. The theme for the 56th annual show is the “100th Anniversary of the Laying of the Keel of the U.S.S. Arizona.” The Court of Honor will have a display of artifacts, courtesy of the museum, and highlighted by an US Flag recovered from the sunken U.S.S. Arizona.

Other outstanding items include:  a uniform, rowing team sweater, Loving Cup, menus, a sewing kit and mail. Several of these artifacts have not been seen by the public in over 15 years. The recovered flag will be unveiled at a ceremony before the opening of the show on Friday, February 21st, to begin at 9:20 AM. Show Covers with a themed cachet are available. For further information please email

When: February 21-23, 2014
Where: Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ

To see more U.S.S. Arizona related artifacts please visit the Arizona Capitol Museum at 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ and tour Flagship of the Fleet: Life and Death of the USS Arizona and From Defense to Development featuring notable Arizonans who served in WWII. Across the street to the east of the museum in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, you can see the Guns to Salute the Fallen World War II Monument featuring large gun barrels from both the U.S.S. Arizona and the U.S.S. Missouri.

The ARIPEX 2014 Grand Award winner, eligible for the APS Champion of Champions Show, will receive a traditional Hopi Kachina carving. As a special feature, the carver of the Grand Award Hopi Kachina, Ryan Gashweseoma, will demonstrate the art of Kachina carving and have items for sale at ARIPEX 2014. Numerous other awards will be presented by a jury led by Jay Stotts. A listing of awards that will be presented can also be found on the website,

A number of Philatelic Groups will be meeting at ARIPEX 2014 including the following: Society for Hungarian Philately (SHP), Arizona & New Mexico Postal History Society and Plate Number Coil Collectors Society. The schedule of currently scheduled events and programs may also be found on the ARIPEX website.

The sold out Bourse will consist of forty stamp and cover dealers from throughout the United States. The dealers will be offering a wide range of material that collectors can add to their collections.  For further information contact the Show Chair Kevin Lesk email

For more information about the museum, go to: or call 602.926.3620

The 55,000 square foot Museum, located at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, tells the story of Arizona’s history from Territorial Days to the present through more than twenty exhibits.  It is part of the State Library, the oldest cultural institution in Arizona, dating to the organization of the Territory in 1863. The State Library is a division of the Secretary of State.

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